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Original Sinners

  • 1. Birds and Bees
    2. Who's Laughin' Now
    3. River City
    4. Bringin' Me Down
    5. Aluminum Flavored Honey
    6. Alligator Teeth
    7. One Too Many Lies
    8. Whiskey for Supper
    9. Suitcase
    10. Mourning After
    11. Woke Up This Mornin'
    12. Pretty
    13. Tick Tock
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 15847

  • Credits
    ProducerOriginal Sinners
    EngineerAndrew Alekel

    Original Sinners: Exene Cervenka, Jason Edge (vocals, guitar); Kim Chi (vocals, bass); Sam Soto (guitar); Mat Young (drums).
    Recorded at Grandmaster Recorders, Hollywood, California.
    Personnel: Exene Cervenka, Jason Edge (vocals, guitar); Kim Chi (vocals); Sam Soto (guitar); Mat Young (drums).
    Audio Mixer: David Bianco.
    Recording information: Grandmaster Records, Hollywood, CA.
    Photographer: B.J. Papas.
    Supported by a stellar cast of musicians, including members of the Distillers and Sluts for Hire, L.A. punk chanteuse Exene Cervenka makes a welcome return as frontwoman for Original Sinners, displaying a fire and focus not seen since her days in X. The album opens with the scorching "Birds & Bees," driven by exhilarating surf beats and punk guitar breaks. Songs about white-trash love gone wrong abound, but always with a wry, ironic twist that is uniquely Cervenka's. The alcohol-drenched country-rock duet between Cervenka and Jason Edge, "Whiskey for Supper," recalls her off-key harmonizing with John Doe; her lyrics are characteristically and hilariously skewed ("I need a little bartenderness/Assault and flattery/Pleading internally...Spin the bottle, spin the bed/Crazy in love or crazy instead?"). "One Too Many Lies" starts as just another twangy been-done-wrong-by-a-cheatin'-man song and ends as a sort of gritty, redneck feminist anthem ("You said a woman should learn her place/That's the one lie that I'm talking about/Really you know I don't mind the rest/That's the one lie that made me/Tear up my wedding dress") that's propelled by blazing steel-guitar riffs and driving rhythms. Several instrumentals serve to showcase the greener musicians' chops (lest they be upstaged by Cervenka's distinct vocals?): Soto's "Alligator Teeth" and "Mourning After" and the Cervenka-penned album-closer, "Tick Tock." This is a great first effort from Original Sinners that'll have nostalgic X fans thrilling. ~ Kim Reick Kunoff

  • Critic Reviews
    CMJ (7/1/02, p.12) - "...This self-titled collection is punkabilly in its truest sense....The Sinners are keeping the 'raw' in rawk, infusing their tunes with twang and 3 furious chords."
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